BAE Systems Maritime Submarines Welding Manager and Fellow of The Welding Institute, Mike Skyrme has recently been elected to the governing council of The Welding Institute.
Coming up to his 22 years of membership with The Welding Institute in February, we are delighted to announce Mike’s recent appointment to the Institute’s governing council. As a Member of The Welding Institute’s Professional Board, Mike was elected, along with other nominees of Professional Board, to represent over 5000 Professional Members on Council. Council provides the overall governance and sets the strategic direction for The Welding Institute and TWI Ltd. The Professional Board oversees the delivery and management of the Institute’s services and benefits for individual professional Members, including professional registration with the Engineering Council.
BAE Systems Submarines released a statement where Mike reflected on this election saying, ‘I’m extremely proud having come from the grassroots. After joining the Institute as a Technician Member in 1999, I became a fellow of the Institute this summer. Now elected to serve on council, I’ll be helping provide the governance for how The Welding Institute and its subsidiaries operate.’
They continued with a statement from BAE Systems Submarines Engineering Director Russ Watson, who said, ‘This is a tremendous accolade for Mike and deserved personal recognition for his technical excellence. It also once again demonstrates the depth and breadth of the expertise in the business.’
Mike joined The Welding Institute as a Technician Member (TechWeldI) in 1999 and has since progressed to fellowship status during his time with us, an accolade that reflects the work, volunteering and support that Mike has provided to The Welding Institute and our Members over the past 21 years. This includes presenting at Branch and Technical Group Events, chairing our Welding Trailblazer scheme since 2014, and helping to develop and embed new, high quality standards for welding apprentices, to a name a few examples. In 2018, Mike was also the first winner of The Welding Institute’s Award for Continuous Development and Learning.
Mike’s progress from starting his career as an apprentice and joining The Welding Institute as a Technician Member (TechWeldI) in 1999, to being awarded Fellowship status in the summer of 2020 and now being elected to the governing council this year, serves as an excellent and inspiring example to all of our Members and the next generation of engineers.
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